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TyTools helps you to extract, process and backup your Tivo video streams to your HD or to DVD-Video.

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  Latest version:
10r4 (January 11, 2006)

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10r4 Highlights of the Fixes and Features in this Release:

737- Looked at the bad stream I got from forum member rbreding. Had some odd issues at the very start. It was nothing but audio for the first several chunks. And I mean nothing which is odd. Normally there are CC and other formatting and spacing entries. It was throwing the detection routines off. This has been fixed and while this stream works now it is just 1 more potential issue down.

738- Added support for the jump option to the MUX-on-Download feature. There are times when jumping in just a bit is really what is needed. So now it does that even on download when trying to directly produce a playable file.

739- Fixed the problem with the HD MUX-on-download that KMT and other users were experiencing.

747- Added the Strip RIFF code back into TyTool. This feature was present but got lost in the recent disk problems. The entry shows up in the menus below the Split File(s) option. What it is used for is to strip the CDXA RIFF formatting information from an SVCD mpeg file. I have found a few things from various sources that were sent to me as an SVCD CD. I wanted to put them onto DVD with menus etc... So I wrote this handy dandy little option. It pulls everything from the file that isn't data. The resulting file as an MPEG-2 PS that can then be processed with TyTool to cut the start and end if needed, and then be turned into a VOB so that it can be used as the source for the creation of a DVD. Using the Attach VOB feature you can turn multiple disks into 1 "show" on a DVD. Usefull in certain circumstance.

748- Fixed the "0 cut point" problem that FredThompson reported. The problem was entering the FAE window and then exiting using the ESC key rather than the close button. The actual check for it was turned on in 10r3 so that if it was being done before it was OK. Now you can't generated the bad cut point in the first place.

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A correction to the previous entry. TyTool does NOT let you burn DVD's from the program. It does, however, create VOB files that you can burn to DVD with a standard burning program like Nero. With settings in TyTool, you can also produce files to burn SVCD's. (For VCD's, you'll have to do some transcoding.) The resulting files look remarkably good; again, since the source is digital satellite, perhaps the minor pixellation are from the source; there's no way to test, since that's the only source. Reportedly, someone has a procedure to create MPEG2 files from TyTool, change the MPEG header, convert and burn in a program like Ulead's; haven't tried it yet.

Posted June 15, 2004 by . Tool version V9R14 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

If you have a Tivo or DirecTV Tivo that's been modified to have an Ethernet connection (either with a special network card wired in, or through a modified USB port on later units) this is the magic key. You install some modified software on your Tivo hard drive and connect the unit to your home network (or directly to your PC with a "turnaround" cable). Here's what the latest version does:

It lists the "now showing" (recorded) files on your Tivo. You can select and download the "ty files" containing the video and audio to your computer's hard drive. (Supposedly you can also upload to the Tivo's drive.)

It allows you to edit (now with "frame accurate edits") the ty files. This lets you remove commercials, et cetera. The editor is a little weird, but it functions beautifully.

You can then process the ty files to produce MPEG2 files which, with a little manipulation, can be used in your DVD/SVCD authoring program. (I've been unable to find the specifics on this.) can process the ty files to make VOB files and burn them to DVD within the program! It makes basic but acceptable menus (you can put up a picture background), and on the web site (, under construction) there are "templates" for collecting episodes of various shows with themed pictures.

The resulting DVD had some artifacting, but I'm uncertain how much was due to the digital satellite feed and how much was the internal decoding. All I know is, the equipment and the program works with far less pain than anything I've encountered here.

It would be nice for the more astute sorcerers of digital video to work with TyTool and a modified DirecTivo and make recommendations for processing with greater quality. However, this is a superb program. In fact, it's the only thing out there that will do anything with a Tivo system.

Posted June 14, 2004 by . Tool version 9R13 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
Guides: The DealDatabase forum for Tivo extraction, plus discussion of the latest TyTool version:

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